1996 Leaf

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Description

1996 Leaf is a 220-card set released in May, 1996. For the first time, Leaf was released as a single-series. The main selling point was the large number of serial-numbered inserts; the base set was almost an afterthought.

Distribution

There were three different products of 1996 Leaf Baseball.

Hobby Box - 30 Packs.

Retail Box Version 1 - 36 Packs.

Retail Box Version 2 - 24 Packs.

The marketing purpose behind the smaller 24-Count/Pack Box production isn't clear. It was not a "jumbo" version, as packs held the same number of cards as the larger Retail product. And it was definitely a product destined for the retail market because boxes offered the Hats Off inserts.

Reviews

Insertion Ratios

Cards Total Cards Numbered To Hobby Odds Retail Odds
Base 220 - ? ?
Bronze Press Proof 220 2000 PP PP
Silver Press Proof 220 1000 PP PP
Gold Press Proof 220 500 PP PP
MVP Contenders 20 - 1:8 1:8
22K Gold Leaf Stars 15 2500 1:190 1:190
Hats Off 8 5000 N/A 1:72
Picture Perfect 12 5000 1:140 1:140
Statistical Standouts 8 2500 1:210 N/A
Total Bases 12 5000 1:72 N/A
Frank Thomas Greatest Hits 7 5000 1:210 1:210

PP: Odds of finding any Press Proof: 1:10/packs.

Checklist

Base Set

1 John Smoltz

2 Dennis Eckersley

3 Delino DeShields

4 Cliff Floyd

5 Chuck Finley

6 Cecil Fielder

7 Tim Naehring

8 Carlos Perez

9 Brad Ausmus

10 Matt Lawton

11 Alan Trammell

12 Steve Finley

13 Paul O'Neill

14 Gary Sheffield

15 Mark McGwire

16 Bernie Williams

17 Jeff Montgomery

18 Chan Ho Park

19 Greg Vaughn

20 Jeff Kent

21 Cal Ripken, Jr.

22 Charles Johnson

23 Eric Karros

24 Alex Rodriguez

25 Chris Snopek

26 Jason Isringhausen

27 Chili Davis

28 Chipper Jones

29 Bret Saberhagen

30 Tony Clark

31 Marty Cordova

32 Dwayne Hosey

33 Fred McGriff

34 Deion Sanders

35 Orlando Merced

36 Brady Anderson

37 Ray Lankford

38 Manny Ramirez

39 Alex Fernandez

40 Greg Colbrunn

41 Ken Griffey, Jr.

42 Mickey Morandini

43 Chuck Knoblauch

44 Quinton McCracken

45 Tim Salmon

46 Jose Mesa

47 Marquis Grissom

48 Greg Maddux / Randy Johnson CL

49 Raul Mondesi

50 Mark Grudzielanek

51 Ray Durham

52 Matt Williams

53 Bob Hamelin

54 Lenny Dykstra

55 Jeff King

56 LaTroy Hawkins

57 Terry Pendleton

58 Kevin Stocker

59 Ozzie Timmons

60 Dave Justice

61 Ricky Bottalico

62 Andy Ashby

63 Larry Walker

64 Jose Canseco

65 Bret Boone

66 Shawn Green

67 Chad Curtis

68 Travis Fryman

69 Roger Clemens

70 David Bell

71 Rusty Greer

72 Bob Higginson

73 Joey Hamilton

74 Kevin Seitzer

75 Julian Tavarez

76 Troy Percival

77 Kirby Puckett

78 Barry Bonds

79 Michael Tucker

80 Paul Molitor

81 Carlos Garcia

82 Johnny Damon

83 Mike Hampton

84 Ariel Prieto

85 Tony Tarasco

86 Pete Schourek

87 Tom Glavine

88 Rondell White

89 Jim Edmonds

90 Robby Thompson

91 Wade Boggs

92 Pedro Martinez

93 Gregg Jefferies

94 Albert Belle

95 Benji Gil

96 Denny Neagle

97 Mark Langston

98 Sandy Alomar

99 Tony Gwynn

100 Todd Hundley

101 Dante Bichette

102 Eddie Murray

103 Lyle Mouton

104 John Jaha

105 Barry Larkin / Mo Vaughn CL

106 Jon Nunnally

107 Juan Gonzalez

108 Kevin Appier

109 Brian McRae

110 Lee Smith

111 Tim Wakefield

112 Sammy Sosa

113 Jay Buhner

114 Garret Anderson

115 Edgar Martinez

116 Edgardo Alfonzo

117 Billy Ashley

118 Joe Carter

119 Javy Lopez

120 Bobby Bonilla

121 Ken Caminiti

122 Barry Larkin

123 Shannon Stewart

124 Orel Hershiser

125 Jeff Conine

126 Mark Grace

127 Kenny Lofton

128 Luis Gonzalez

129 Rico Brogna

130 Mo Vaughn

131 Brad Radke

132 Jose Herrera

133 Rick Aguilera

134 Gary DiSarcina

135 Andres Galarraga

136 Carl Everett

137 Steve Avery

138 Vinny Castilla

139 Dennis Martinez

140 John Wetteland

141 Alex Gonzalez

142 Brian Jordan

143 Todd Hollandsworth

144 Terrell Wade

145 Wilson Alvarez

146 Reggie Sanders

147 Will Clark

148 Hideo Nomo

149 J.T. Snow

150 Frank Thomas

151 Ivan Rodriguez

152 Jay Bell

153 Hideo Nomo / Marty Cordova CL

154 David Cone

155 Roberto Alomar

156 Carlos Delgado

157 Carlos Baerga

158 Geronimo Berroa

159 Joe Vitiello

160 Terry Steinbach

161 Doug Drabek

162 David Segui

163 Ozzie Smith

164 Kurt Abbott

165 Randy Johnson

166 John Valentin

167 Mickey Tettleton

168 Ruben Sierra

169 Jim Thome

170 Mike Greenwell

171 Quilvio Veras

172 Robin Ventura

173 Bill Pulsipher

174 Rafael Palmeiro

175 Hal Morris

176 Ryan Klesko

177 Eric Young

178 Shane Andrews

179 Brian L. Hunter

180 Brett Butler

181 John Olerud

182 Moises Alou

183 Glenallen Hill

184 Ismael Valdes

185 Andy Pettitte

186 Yamil Benitez

187 Jason Bere

188 Dean Palmer

189 Jimmy Haynes

190 Trevor Hoffman

191 Mike Mussina

192 Greg Maddux

193 Ozzie Guillen

194 Pat Listach

195 Derek Bell

196 Darren Daulton

197 John Mabry

198 Ramon Martinez

199 Jeff Bagwell

200 Mike Piazza

201 Al Martin

202 Aaron Sele

203 Ed Sprague

204 Rod Beck

205 Tony Gwynn / Edgar Martinez CL

206 Mike Lansing

207 Craig Biggio

208 Jeffrey Hammonds

209 Dave Nilsson

210 Dante Bichette / Albert Belle CL

211 Derek Jeter

212 Alan Benes

213 Jason Schmidt

214 Alex Ochoa

215 Ruben Rivera

216 Roger Cedeno

217 Jeff Suppan

218 Billy Wagner

219 Mark Loretta

220 Karim Garcia


Parallels

Press Proof

Randomly inserted into packs at the rate of 1:10 contained one of the following Press Proof parallels:

  • Bronze (limited to 2000 copies)
  • Silver (limited to 1000 copies)
  • Gold (limited to 500 copies)

Each Press Proof was printed with holographic foil with the "Leaf 96" logo stamped in either Gold, Silver, or Bronze foil. The cards are NOT serial-numbered, and the words "PRESS PROOF" appear nowhere on the card.

Inserts

All-Star Game MVP Contenders

This 20 card set features possible contenders for the MVP at the 1996 All-Star Game held in Philadelphia. If the player on the front of the card won the MVP Award (which turned out to be Mike Piazza), the holder could send it in for one of 5000 Gold MVP Contenders sets. The backs of each card carry the instructions on how to redeem the card. The Piazza card when returned with the redemption set had a hole in it to indicate the set had been redeemed.

Curiously, the backs of the Gold cards have the same information on how to redeem winning cards.

1 Frank Thomas

2 Mike Piazza

3 Sammy Sosa

4 Cal Ripken, Jr.

5 Jeff Bagwell

6 Reggie Sanders

7 Mo Vaughn

8 Tony Gwynn

9 Dante Bichette

10 Tim Salmon

11 Chipper Jones

12 Kenny Lofton

13 Manny Ramirez

14 Barry Bonds

15 Raul Mondesi

16 Kirby Puckett

17 Albert Belle

18 Ken Griffey, Jr.

19 Greg Maddux

20 Bonus Card


Gold Stars

This 15-card set honors some of the games great players on 22 karat gold trim cards. Only 2500 serial-numbered cards of each player were printed.

1 Frank Thomas

2 Dante Bichette

3 Sammy Sosa

4 Ken Griffey, Jr.

5 Mike Piazza

6 Tim Salmon

7 Hideo Nomo

8 Cal Ripken, Jr.

9 Chipper Jones

10 Albert Belle

11 Tony Gwynn

12 Mo Vaughn

13 Barry Larkin

14 Manny Ramirez

15 Greg Maddux


Hats Off

This eight-card set was printed and embossed on a wool-like material with the feel of a Major League ball cap. Only 5000 copies of each card was produced and is exclusive to retail packs.

1 Cal Ripken, Jr.

2 Barry Larkin

3 Frank Thomas

4 Mo Vaughn

5 Ken Griffey, Jr.

6 Hideo Nomo

7 Albert Belle

8 Greg Maddux


Picture Perfect

This 12-card set is printed on real wood with gold foil trim. Cards 1-6 are exclusive to Hobby packs, 7-12 to retail. Only 5000 serial-numbered copies of each card were printed.

One of twelve different Picture Perfect Promo cards was inserted into 1996 Leaf dealer order forms and hobby media press releases. The cards parallel the standard Picture Perfect inserts except for the text "promotional card" running diagonally across the front of the card and "PROMO/5000" text on back.

1 Frank Thomas

2 Cal Ripken, Jr.

3 Greg Maddux

4 Manny Ramirez

5 Chipper Jones

6 Tony Gwynn

7 Ken Griffey, Jr.

8 Albert Belle

9 Jeff Bagwell

10 Mike Piazza

11 Mo Vaughn

12 Barry Bonds


Statistical Standouts

Exclusive to Hobby packs, this eight-card set features players who stood out statistically. The cards were printed on a material with the feel of the leather that's between the seams or stitches of a baseball. Only 2500 copies of each card was printed and each is numbered individually on the back.

1 Cal Ripken, Jr.

2 Tony Gwynn

3 Frank Thomas

4 Ken Griffey, Jr.

5 Hideo Nomo

6 Greg Maddux

7 Albert Belle

8 Chipper Jones


Total Bases

This 12-card, Hobby exclusive, set is printed on canvas and features the top offensive stars. Only 5000 serial-numbered copies of each card were produced.

One of twelve different Total Bases Promo cards was inserted into 1996 Leaf dealer order forms and hobby media press releases. The cards parallel the standard Total Bases inserts except for the text "promotional card" running diagonally across the front of the card and "PROMO/5000" text on back.

1 Frank Thomas

2 Albert Belle

3 Rafael Palmeiro

4 Barry Bonds

5 Kirby Puckett

6 Joe Carter

7 Paul Molitor

8 Fred McGriff

9 Ken Griffey, Jr.

10 Carlos Baerga

11 Juan Gonzalez

12 Cal Ripken, Jr.


Frank Thomas Greatest Hits

This eight-card set feature the statistical highlights of Frank Thomas. The cards are printed on acetate and are die-cut to look like a compact disc. Cards 1-4 were randomly inserted into Hobby packs, 5-7 in retail, and card #8 was made available through a wrapper redemption offer. Each card is serial-numbered to 5000 copies.

1 Frank Thomas Hobby

2 Frank Thomas Hobby

3 Frank Thomas Hobby

4 Frank Thomas Hobby

5 Frank Thomas Retail

6 Frank Thomas Retail

7 Frank Thomas Retail

8 Frank Thomas EXCH